Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
Shopping is fun!
…but it necessitates wisdom.
Balance is needed.
I must balance pecuniary wisdom with wanting to have those items that make getting dressed quickly and in a way that flatters relatively easy.
I express my daily self in my outfit.
If I am tired it is relaxed and likely paired with a flat shoe/boot.
If I am feeling festive, there may be a louder item or higher heels.
It is very random in practice, but given how picky I am, my guess is that others could discern patterns.
On a whim, some years back, I decided to try Banana Republic…I liked what I got and wondered how I’d slept on them so long…and tried more. Good prices and low logic yielded several purchases – some I loved more that I liked, and even a handful that I thought I liked. There were also the good in theory ones.
Future focus will be on what I love and will highly use…but so far my thoughts are:
- Sloan Vented Pencil Skirt
- Sloan 5 Pocket Leggings
- Sloan Dash Print Slim Ankle Pants
- Double Wrap Belt
- Triple Wrap Belt
- Plaid Vee Pullover
- Military Zip Jacket
- Shirred Faux-Wrap Dress
- Shaker-Stitch Cropped Pullover
- Knits [turtlenecks and vee sweaters]
- Pleated Lace-Trip Shorts – looked great in the fitting room which is odd as the lighting in them usually is very unkind…but meh when I actually wore them
- Skinny Jeans
- Linen Tees
- Cocktail Ring
- Obi Belt – stiff, will require a lot of breaking in
- Ruffle Inset Top
- Anika Italian Leather Flat [tassels] – not the best fit, my feet are narrow
- Striped Dolman Shirttail Tee
😦 Didn’t like but also didn’t return
- Chambray Belted Wide-Leg Pant [TOO long and ran SUPER big – going to attempt to shrink them or wear them at home as cute lounge wear – home doesn’t mean sloppy and ugly]
- Knotted Leather Belt [think it will make delicate clothes pill = won’t be used as often as I planned]
- Drapey Shirtdress [not for my figure – looked sloppy and dowdy – I don’t do frumpy!]
- Crepe Cocoon Dress [also not for my figure and no amount of slimming, fake or weight loss, would make it work for my figure – I was glad it sold on Poshmark!]
- Great knits – warm, cozy and cute!
- Cute accessories but carefully inspect the belts and shoes for fit/comfort!
- Love the Sloan line – suits my lower shape – slim curvy!
- Dresses that suit my shape – NO draping or undefined waist!
I think the best thing is to try things on and to be vary careful buying final sale items by (I don’t do full priced anywhere generally – I need so little):
- Online -> practicing the pause – don’t hurry to complete online purchases…if I miss there is always in person…
- In Person -> try everything on…in complete outfits if possible [take the shoes!]
- Evaluating based on my current shape – corpulence and all
- Don’t get excited about the price [this fuels spree-behavior] – what God has for me, even in clothes/etc., is for me
Purchasing ONLY those things I actually need and will use a lot (work horses, value, etc.), and love is a better use of finite monetary resources. It isn’t a deal if I don’t wear it…or don’t love wearing it.
To buy and not wear is to waste; this doesn’t honor God in the least.
Sure I can donate, but that doesn’t fix and/or prevent the error in thought that contributed to the erroneous purchase!